Alkesh Kumar Sharma takes charge as MeitY secretary

Alkesh Kumar Sharma, a 1990 batch IAS officer from Kerala cadre has assumed charge as secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY).

He earlier served as Additional Secretary and Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India. In addition to other responsibilities given to him, Sharma was looking after the cabinet proposals related to infrastructure, economic, finance, industry, agriculture, and allied ministries of the central government.

Sharma worked as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of the National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC) (earlier DMICDC) from October 2015 to September 2019. He was also CEO of National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT). He was also a member of the Task Force on Programme/Project management set up by NITI Aayog, Government of India.

As Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India for three years (2012-2015), he handled matters relating to national highways planning, land acquisition, forest and environment clearances, review and monitoring of national highways projects, coordination with railways, defence and other agencies and matters related to toll and toll policy on the national highways. He was also Chairman of the Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. and implemented the FASTAG system of toll collection.

Sharma worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for three years (2006-09) as National Project Director, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.

In Kerala, he worked as the Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd., and Additional Chief Secretary (Special Projects-Infrastructure) & Industries from September 2019 to March 2021, where he monitored the implementation of mega infrastructure projects like semi-high speed rail, airport, ports, smart cities, multi-modal transport hub, waste to energy projects, Kochi-Bangalore Industrial Corridor and development of industrial townships and integrated smart manufacturing clusters in Kerala.

Sharma also worked as the Managing Director of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation; Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation; Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited; Malabar Cement Limited, and Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation. He also worked as Director, Kerala Tourism and as Secretary, Industries and Investment Promotion in Government of Kerala.

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